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Climate Change May Drastically Impact Wine Production

Published: April 9, 2013 | 2:32 pm
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(CNA)-Do you like wine? Then you may be disappointed. It turns out that climate change may be negatively impacting agriculture and food industry operations worldwide, including the production of wines, Science World Report reports.

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, actually predicted a fall of about two-thirds overall in production in the world’s premier wine regions, including Bordeaux and Rhone in France, Tuscany in Italy and Napa Valley in California and Chile. This fall could occur by 2050, which means that you may soon be paying a lot more for that bottle of wine.

As the climate warms, it becomes harder to grow grapes in traditional wine country. Researchers have noted in the past that a hotter, drier climate may force vineyards to mist grapes on the vine in order to protect them from the sun, or move sensitive vines to more hospitable terrain.

In order to gauge the impact of climate on wine-producing regions, the researchers used 17 different climate models. In particular, they examined two different climate futures for 2050; one assumed a worst-case scenario with a 8.5 degrees Fahrenheit warming while the other assumed a more modest increase of 4.5 degrees.

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